Isha shows the way

  Among the few good options available for pilgrims is the Kailash-Manasarovar yatra organised by the Kovai-based Isha Foundation In total contr

Published: 29th June 2009 09:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th May 2012 11:08 PM   |  A+A-

 

Among the few good options available for pilgrims is the Kailash-Manasarovar yatra organised by the Kovai-based Isha Foundation

In total contrast to the erratic ar rangements by many tour operators, Isha’s planning is meticulous. In fact, it handles one of the largest groups of yatris in Nepal. This year, 514 pilgrims from 21 countries, including India, will undertake the pilgrimage in different batches beginning July 4. Isha has quite some experience under its belt as this is the fourth year of its tour operations

Ma Gambhiri, one of the co-ordina- tors, says the presence of Isha founder Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev makes all the difference as it is a spiritual pilgrimage interspersed with satsangs and meditations. The sadhguru advises yatris to undertake the journey in a spirit of meditation to experience the spiritual energy of the pilgrimage

For each batch of 20 participants, there is a volunteer. About six doctors travel with each group with a complete medical kit, including IV fluids and all equipment to handle any emergency. This year, doctors have even had an orientation to handle swine flu. Four yatris share an oxygen cylinder

Each member also takes a medical insurance

Simple breathing practices that take just about five minutes are tau ght so the yatris can do it about six times a day to cope with the tedium of the journey better

Toilet tents with seats are arranged at Manasarovar, which are cleaned by volunteers every four hours

Though they engage tour operators, their role is kept to a minimum

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